‘KILLING IN THE NAME OF’ – Police Brutality Anthem By RATM Still Highly Relevant After 28 Years… Shocking

Top singles from the past…

7 June 2020

In the light of the worldwide protest marches against the destroying virus of racism following the murder of black man George Floyd , the anti-authority protest song
KILLING IN THE NAME by political cross over activists RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
is, unfortunately, highly relevant again… after 28 years! Has something changed in our unsettled societies? Not much, obviously. Shocking!


Wall painting in Berlin…

Mind you, I condemn the violent and rampaging deeds by an overheated minority as
it overshadows the massive, peaceful protestations, but I understand that the immense frustration of the black community is at play. It’s 2020 and racism still is a big issue and
a most dangerous disease. Governments need to wake up and make the vital struggle against the inequality of races a vital top-priority before fateful and irreversible events
will have a devastating impact on all of our lives. Universal tolerance and solidarity is
the only way to survive.

This live version is incredibly powerful.
Black lives matter.
Our world matters…

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RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE Released Their Third ALBUM ‘THE BATTLE OF LOS ANGELES’ 20 Years Ago Today…

2 November 2019

20 years ago today, on 2 November 1999, metallic rap rock legends RAGE AGAINST
THE MACHINE
released their third LP called ‘THE BATTLE OF LOS ANGELES’. A volcanic powerhouse, a ferocious protest manifesto, an injustice attacking rock monster, a non-stop verbal and sonic explosion that went straight to No 1 on the US Albums Chart. Both Time and Rolling Stone Magazine named it the best album of 1999.

Rolling Stone wrote: “Rage Against the Machine are pushing an agenda as strong as any religion’s, and its argument hinges on a specific rhetorical style. ‘The Battle of Los Angeles’ offers no change lyrically from Rage’s two previous albums: There are no love songs, just abused altar boys; no cries of alienation, just calls to arms for peasant Mexican rebels. The fact that music about events so removed from the lives of most American teens (even by analogy) has become immensely successful speaks to Rage’s preaching style: They come armed not with a sword but with a microphone… With The Battle of Los Angeles, they’ve managed to win a war within — one in which the band’s notoriously feuding members have come together to produce a sound that’s not quite louder than a bomb but that’s definitely as loud as Led Zeppelin II.”
Full review here. Score: 4/5

The single

– GUERILLA RADIO – 

The album

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TODAY’S YESTERDAY ALBUM – Here’s RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE With ‘The Battle Of Los Angeles’…

Memorable longplayers from the past…

‘The Battle Of Los Angeles’
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE

Released: 2 November 1999
Third album

ROLLING STONE wrote: “There are no love songs, just abused altar boys. No cries of alienation, just calls to arms for peasant Mexican rebels. The fact that music about events so removed from the lives of most American teens has become immensely successful speaks to Rage’s preaching style: They come armed not with a sword but with a microphone. RATM may never ignite the youth war they want to see. But at last, with The Battle of Los Angeles, they’ve managed to win a war within — one in which the band’s notoriously feuding members have come together to produce a sound that’s not quite louder than a bomb but that’s definitely as loud as Led Zeppelin II.” – Score: 4/5

TURN UP THE VOLUME‘s favorite track: SLEEP NOW IN THE FIRE

Album in full

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RATM: Website – Facebook – Discography


RATM at Woodstock Festival 1999 – looks rather like 2018